Point-of-care ultrasound education: an overview

Point-of-care ultrasound (POC ultrasound or POCUS) has become a key diagnostic tool in many specialties as it facilitates rapid and accurate clinical decision making1. However, to integrate the latest technologies and clinical procedures into daily scenarios, point-of-care ultrasound education is vital.


To make POCUS education easier and readily accessible, Philips has created an educational hub where POCUS course programs and e-learning resources are available in just a few clicks.

Philips recognizes that every clinical practice is unique and the need for tailored educational materials and delivery methods are key to meet your specific clinical needs. With this in mind, Philips point-of-care educational resources have been authored and carefully designed by experts in POC ultrasound.


In this overview of Philips’ point-of-care ultrasound education, we’ll provide a list of the wide variety of resources to boost productivity and confidence while ensuring the delivery of outstanding patient care.

Instructor-led point-of-care ultrasound courses

Philips offers a wide selection of instructor-led POCUS ultrasound courses, delivered and supported by a team of highly skilled Clinical Service Specialists (CSS) and, when appropriate, physician experts.


The team of CSS works alongside luminaries in the field to explore how Philips technology can be applied in day-to-day patient care settings. The result is a unique learning environment focused on teaching the fundamental practical skills necessary to introduce POCUS into your daily practice.

The below selection of introductory, CSS instructor-led POCUS topics are available:

If you have had already had initial exposure to point-of-care ultrasound training or you desire to train with physician peers, Philips POCUS University also works in partnership with Dr. Jose Diaz-Gomez and Dr. Sara Nikravan:  Internationally recognized leaders in the field of POCUS advocacy and evidence-based POCUS education. These physicians have collaborated with Philips to deliver a customized educational experience based on your particular clinical needs, onsite, which addresses the specific skills required to tackle your most relevant daily challenges.


Physicians, nurses, medical students and qualified sonographers will be able to select from a list of nearly 30 topics from categories such as:

  • Echocardiography – TTE/TEE
  • Lung/Airway Management
  • Procedural/Perioperative
  • Ultrasound in Trauma/Shock
  • Practice Establishment

Web-based point-of-care ultrasound education tools

Another easily accessible platform of POCUS education tools is the Philips point-of-care education webpage. Covering more than 50 topics, this free-of-charge open access medical education (Free Open Access MEDucation) library includes tutorials, quick guides, short lectures and clinical case studies.

POCUS subscription service partnerships

In conjunction with POCUS instructor-led courses and web based FOAMED resources, Philips also partners with other leaders in point-of-care ultrasound clinical education to help healthcare providers by enhancing their clinical skills through longitudinal training opportunities;


EMSono: A leader in online point of care ultrasound education. The modules contain state-of-the-art videos, cases and quizzes organized into curricula. Available through a 1-year subscription.

E-Echo: E-echocardiography.com is an online, interactive course and resource for learning about transesophageal echocardiography. This website has 4,000 high-quality video loops, colorful diagrams and animations. Available through a 1-year subscription.

CAE ICCU: This unique, cutting-edge, interactive multimedia curriculum from CAE ICCU offers e-learning tutorials covering all important aspects of bedside ultrasound and is composed of hundreds of high-quality 3D animations, clips and graphics. Modules available are related to focused cardiac assessment with ultrasound, lung ultrasound, and peripheral and central venous line placement with ultrasound guidance.

ImageSim: A proven web-based image interpretation learning system designed so that "you make the call" on the diagnosis then receive a text and visual feedback with every case. This point-of-care ultrasound course is a unique educational offering within point-of-care ultrasound education. It includes 400 pediatric video/still images covering soft tissue, cardiac, lung, and e-FAST. 


If you want to subscribe or learn more about any of the above programs, call 1-800-522-7022. If you’re already a Philips customer, you can simply contact your local product application specialist or clinical education specialist.

Melgarejo Sofia, Schaub Andrew, Noble E Vicki, “Point of Care Ultrasound: An Overview,” American College of Cardiology,” 2017. www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2017/10/31/09/57/point-of-care-ultrasound


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1 www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2017/10/31/09/57/point-of-care-ultrasound

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